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Three Easy & Cheap Website Solutions for Musicians

I’m going to be honest with you: if you don’t have a website you don’t exist. Or at least marketing yourself is going to be more difficult. If you don’t have a website, you can even be listed in the teacher directory.

Fortunately, getting a website can be pretty easy. Your website does not have to be complicated or flashy. That said, it should still look professional and convey exactly what you do.

I strongly suggest you buy a domain name. www.yourname.com is the best choice. yournameguitar.com and yournamemusic.com (or .net) would also be good choices. A domain is your piece of online real estate, and you want to own it.

All the services I’m listing here today will give you a domain like yourname.wordpress.com or yourname.weebly.com. Please don’t do that. Spend the $10 a year it costs to have a domain of your own. Every service listed here also makes it easy for you to buy a domain through them, and the first two offer free hosting.

1. Weebly.com

I love Weebly. It’s more geared towards people who want to build websites and not just blogs.

In a sense everything I recommend here today is a content management system (CMS) — something that you can log into to manage your website without having to edit the code. Weebly is a drag and drop CMS. No coding required at all. If you’re new to the web world, this is probably your best option.

Weebly has a lot of preloaded templates that you can choose from. They’ll also help you buy a domain. The hosting (making your site visible, or storing your files on their server) is free, but Weebly puts a link in your website’s footer.

2. Blogger.com

Blogger is not exactly an ideal solution for a website. But it’s free, and you can get a domain name through them for $10/year.

That said, Blogger is more for — well, it’s for blogging. Meaning that you end up doing a lot of tweaking to make it look like a typical website and not a blog. Can it be done? Yes. Here’s a quick example that I just put together. If you’re new to the web world, and don’t want to code, Blogger is a good option.

3. WordPress

If you’re more familiar with html/CSS, WordPress is a good option. WordPress is less drag and drop, but still a solid bit of software. In fact, it’s what powers the Classical Guitar Blog.

This option, however, is the most expensive. WordPress is software that installs on your server. Meaning that you have to have hosting to use it (there is a free version at wordpress.com). That means you’re looking at about $100/year in hosting and domain name fees.

But, using this option means you have complete control over your site. You’re not dependent on the limitations of a drag and drop service. And if you know html/css and a bit of PHP you can do a lot of customization.

WordPress can work for you if you don’t know code, however. The cool thing about wordpress is the huge community that surrounds it. There are plugins and themes galore — chances are if you want to do something, there’s a wordpress plugin that will do it for you. Also all pages/posts in wordpress can be edited in a what-you-see-is-what-you-get editor.

There’s No Excuse to Not Have a Website

Seriously. It’s easy, cheap and you need one. Maybe even more than one (or two … or three).

8 Responses leave one →
  1. 2011 February 12

    If anyone is interested in seeing a WEEBLY website, I have used it for close to 2 years for my guitar website. Its very easy to make a website and easy to edit. I think it gives you a very professional (free) website. I have never had a problem with it.

    See: http://www.jimdoyle.weebly.com

    Ps..if anyone else is using WEEBLY, please post. I would love to see other websites for ideas.

    Jim Doyle

  2. 2011 February 12
    Justin permalink

    I checked out your website Jim, impressive and inspiring, thanks for sharing!

  3. 2011 February 13

    Check out a program called “Kompozer”. It’s a free web page building software very simmilar to Dreamweaver. It is a great tool (and free!).

  4. 2011 February 16

    I decided to give WEEBLY a try as well, and it was REALLY EASY to use. Everything is pull and drop down from the menus, and then just fill in the blanks. It was also a cinch to manage the site and then with a single push of a button — “published”. If anyone wants to take a look at the site I would appreciate some feedback.

    http://toddsguitar.weebly.com

    Thanks!

    …and much thanks to Christopher Davis for letting me know about this wonderful website creator&host.

  5. 2011 February 26

    Really enjoy your Friday “Business” blog. Good work – keep ’em coming.

  6. 2012 July 11

    I read about making a wordpress site on the delcamp guitar site after reading Chris Davis posting about it.

    now i find this blog and all the information i read so far is much needed.
    bookmarking this for sure and thanks for all the great info.

    visit my website and let me know what you think.
    thanks,
    Matingas

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